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    Default 2004 Mini Leather Seat

    What do you recommend for these seats from my '04 Mini?

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    >>> What do you recommend for these seats from my '04 Mini?

    I recommend this Auto Pigmented Leather Care Kit Ap3

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    Auto Leather Care Kit Ap3, by Leather Doctor, is an innovative leather-safe pH 3 to 5 product system, keeping leather from drying and at its highest appearance while maintaining its chemistry integrity healthy.

    Kit Ap3 is bundled from these handpicked individual products: Prep 7.7, Clean 3.8, Rinse 3.0, Hydrator 3.3, Fatliquor 5.0, Protector B Plus, and Protector D. Simple tools are Leather Brush 1, Foam Brush 3 and Towel 5.

    Why Do Auto Leathers Dry Out its Suppleness?

    Auto leathers are often under the hot sun, and those exposed to thermal heating during the cold season dry out their fat and oil sooner. The first place to check for leather dryness is the stitching holes, if they are perfectly round, the leather is healthy, and dried-out leather will show signs of elongation or splits. The diminishing of the fat and oil will result in stiffness to the leather, and flex or stretch during use will lead to cracks or rips first to the stitching rows.

    How to Condition the Leather Regularly with Softness and Strength?

    Reconditioning the leather regularly with softness and strength is done by hydrating to separate the stick-together fiber to those weak points before replenishing with ionic negative -ve charged fat and oil. Hydrator 3.3 and Fatliquor 5.0 leather rejuvenating system keep the leather with increased tensile strength. This reconditioning regularly reduces the premature aging of the leather against stiffness, tearing, and cracking.

    How to Condition the Leather from Friction Wear?

    Conditioning the leather from friction wear is by rub-resistant protection with Protector B. It imparts a non-stick rub-resistant protection with a buttery feel that makes sliding in and out of the seat smooth. The rub-resistant abilities reduce friction noises that translate into less friction wear, especially to the side bolster.

    How to keep the Leather Clean?

    Keeping the leather clean by periodic cleaning and rinsing with Clean 3.8 and Rinse 3.0 to the steering wheel helps reduce grease sticky soiling build-up.

    What is Leather Preventive Care?

    Leather preventive care is a leather protection that imparts non-stick, rub-resistant protection with a buttery feel before the leather is put on daily use. The optional leather scent version is to use Protector B Plus, Protector B. The leather responds with a soft natural buttery feel that enhances the leather luxuriously to the sense of touch. The non-stick surface shields the leather from sticky soiling, prolonging the high level of appearance. Rub-resistant abilities reduce friction noises that translate into less friction wear as one slide in and out of auto seats effortlessly with less stress to the bolsters. The leather scent protector diffuses a classic leather scent that boosts the sensuous leather more appealing to the leather lover. This protection care commences at the end of each level of the cleaning cycle. A simple spray and wipe prolong the need for cleaning heavy soiling.

    What is Leather Routine Care?

    Leather routine care includes procedure as general dust cleaning, attending to spots and stains as required, and especially neutralizing the sweat stains by shifting the leather alkaline. Thus preventing the leather from tackiness. Routine non-stick rub-resistant protection after a pH-neutralizing rinse help keep the leather in a more attractive and healthy state while preventing premature wear.

    What is Leather Periodic Care?

    Leather periodical care is recommended before soiling causes damage to the finishing. This keeps leather consistently clean and healthy at all times. Driver’s seat would require more frequent attention than the other less frequently used seats. The leather steering wheel and the gearshift knob get the most body oil and sweat contacts.

    What is Leather Restorative Care?

    Leather restorative care is the ultimate corrective or salvage care system that removes accumulated soiling and includes age conditioners to its original OEM finishes. Accumulated soiling that fills creases is often mistaken for cracks.

    Periodic Cleaning Instruction.

    1* Clean 3.8 is sprayed and agitated with Leather Brush 1, ensuring a uniform application over the entire surface section.

    2* Towel extracts until it shows clean.

    3* Rinse 3.0 is sprayed, and the remaining residues are towel extract to a squeaky clean.

    4* Let dry and inspect for satisfaction and repeat the cleaning process as necessary or proceed to hydrate.

    Hydrating Instruction.

    Although pigmented leather surfaces are usually non-absorbent, micro-crazing develops. It is the stitching rows and perforated holes that are vulnerable. When weak areas get wet and dry again, tend for the fibrils to become stuck and stiff, and when stressed, lead to premature cracks. Hydrating is essential to relax and separate the stick-together collapsing fibrous structure and charge the protein fiber ionic positive for a more effective hydrogen bonding with the ionic negative fatliquor.

    1* Hydrator 3.3 is sprayed, controlled, and spread with a foam brush to hydrate, especially on the stitching rows and perforated sections.

    2* Let dwell for 10 to 30 minutes, and depending on the severity of dryness, a longer dwell time to plump the leather more effectively. While the leather is still wet, continue with Fatliquoring.

    Fatliquoring Instruction.

    Fatliquor evaporates as VOC (volatile organic compound) when the temperature rises, especially from exposed micro crazing, perforation, and stitching rows. Periodic fat and oil replenishment maintain the leather’s structure and softens and strengthen the exposed leather from cracking.

    1* Fatliquor-5.0 is sprayed in like manner as Hydrator-3.3 and let dry naturally.

    2* Repeat application in between drying until saturated.

    3* Leave the leather for slow natural drying for extra softness.

    4* Wipe surface strays with Hydrator-3.3 to free of sticky residue.

    5* Leave to slow drying for softness, and extra softness is to use until dry.

    Leather Protecting Instruction.

    1* Protector B is applied to the seats, and Protector D to the steering wheel includes the gear shift knob after shaking well spread with lint free towel and is ready for use when dry.

    Leather Restorative Cleaning Instruction.

    Leather restorative cleaning of accumulative soiling is performed by Prep 7.7. Avoid pushing into the perforated holes unnecessarily. It works by chemical reaction to emulsify soiling through its penetrating, lubricating, and suspending power. Its viscosity facilitates coating the surface for dwell time. Leather Brush 1 is recommended to work into heavily soiled areas sufficiently to avoid excessive agitation that might damage weakened finishes, especially on heavily soiled areas. For extreme cases, Prep 7.7 can dwell continuously for up to 72 hours.

    1* Prep 7.7 is applied onto the surface with a foam brush to avoid pushing into the holes and agitate with Leather Brush 1, ensuring a uniform application over the entire surface a section at a time.

    2* Allow a dwell time of 10 to 30 minutes or before it dries before towel extraction until it shows clean.

    3* Clean 3.8 removes the Prep 7.7 sticky residue

    4* Sticky residue is removed by Clean 3.8 with gentle brush agitation and towel extraction until it shows clean.

    5* Rinse 3.0 is sprayed to rinse the remaining residue and towel extract to a squeaky clean.

    6* Let dry and inspect for satisfaction, or repeat Prep 7.7 application with a longer dwell time as necessary or proceed to hydrate.

    Hydrating Instruction.

    Although auto leather is usually non-absorbent, micro-crazing develops, and the stitching rows and perforated holes are absorbent. When weak areas get wet and dry again, tend for the fibrils to become stuck and stiff, and when stressed, lead to premature cracks. Hydrating is essential to relax and separate the stuck-together collapsing fibrous structure besides charging it ionic positive for more effective hydrogen bonding with the negative ionic fatliquor.

    1* Hydrator 3.3 is sprayed, controlled, and spread with a foam brush to hydrate, especially to the stitching rows and perforated sections.

    2* Let dwell for 10 to 30 minutes, and depending on the severity of dryness, a longer dwell time to plump the leather more effectively.

    Fatliquoring Instruction.

    Fatliquor evaporates as VOC (volatile organic compound) when the temperature rises, especially from exposed micro crazing, perforation, and stitching rows. Periodic fat and oil replenishment maintain the leather’s structure integrity and pliability for strengthening the exposed leather from cracking.

    1* Fatliquor 5.0 is sprayed, controlled, and spread with a foam brush to plump, especially the stitching rows and perforated sections.

    2* Repeat application in between drying until saturated.

    3* The leather is left for slow natural drying for extra softness.

    5* Hydrator 3.3 is used to wipe to free of sticky residue.

    Protecting Instruction.

    1* Protector B is applied to the seats, and Protector D to the steering wheel includes the gear shift knob after shaking well spread with lint free towel and is ready for use when dry.

    Order Comments by Erik Arnold 20th-Nov-2018:

    Your product came highly recommended by my across-the-street neighbor. I find information about my specific issue easily on the forum. My car is a BMW M3 (E46) with high-end BMW leather in cinnamon. The leather has become dry, and the steering wheel is worn and prone to becoming shiny. I've achieved a matte look with other products (Ammo NYC), but their conditioner does not rejuvenate the dry seats.

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